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The Armadillo String Quartet plays P.D.Q. Bach

The Armadillo String Quartet plays P.D.Q. Bach
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If you fall into a certain age range and were fortunate enough to have musical education growing up, you undoubtedly had a music teacher who thought P.D.Q. Bach was just the cat’s pajamas. Which he is. P.D.Q., also known as (Johann) Peter Schickele, is a composer, comedian, and educator—think a more slapstick Victor Borge. Schickele […]

ArtNight!

ArtNight!

What could be better than free admission to an excellent local museum on a beautiful Friday night? How about free admission to several excellent local museums. And to a bunch of other arts-oriented venues. And free shuttles running from stop to stop. And fancy food trucks. And live music. And did we mention it’s all […]

Bureaucracy Run Amok

Bureaucracy Run Amok

UPDATE from Altadenablog.com — The county planning department’s drive to alter or eliminate Patticakes’ mural on Allen Ave. has been dropped, according to Patticakes’ owner Mike McLellan. According to the county officials, they have “settled the matter.” Honestly, it’s enough to make a liberal become a libertarian: Someone in Altadena apparently complained to the county […]

A Park in the Playhouse District? Speak Up!

A Park in the Playhouse District? Speak Up!

You know that parking lot at the northeast corner of Union and El Molino? You’ve probably parked there to go to the Laemmle. It’s nice enough, as parking lots go. But it may not be around for much longer: There’s an initiative afoot to turn it into a park—a real park, with grass and trees […]

Lian at the Libraries

Lian at the Libraries

Fans of author Lian Dolan and her bestselling novel Helen of Pasadena will finally get the chance to hear her speak this week and next at events hosted by the Pasadena and Glendale Public Libraries. A lively and funny speaker, Dolan has become the toast of the town, and many of her previous private events, like those […]

Market on Holly Opening Shindig

Market on Holly Opening Shindig

On Thursday night, it became official: The Market on Holly is now open for business. The  joint venture by composer Marty Davich (our neighbor in Prospect Park) and caterer Mary Pat Brandmeyer (a longtime Altadenan) drew a big crowd to its grand opening party, which spilled onto the sidewalk (where a jazz band played) and into […]

Friday Morning Music

Friday Morning Music

I was just running in for a quick cup of drip coffee to take to the office, but this morning Jones Coffee had other plans for me. Three guys were playing the most captivating music, a Latin American/Calypso/samba sound showcasing some remarkable guitar work. Hey, it’s Friday, so what’s the rush to get to work? […]

I Call Him Sugar

I Call Him Sugar

“Oh, come give me some sugar!” Miss Lois McLeod would greet us children when we’d arrive those summers to visit our granny. Nowadays we’d refer to Lois as a spinster. She was a bred-in-the-bone North Carolina Presbyterian lady. She worked as a secretary for Gulf Oil and for years she rented room and board from […]

Goodbye to a Great Pasadena Dog

Goodbye to a Great Pasadena Dog

We’re sorry to report that one of the great Pasadena dogs, and a featured fellow in our book Hometown Pasadena, has passed away. Otto Miller accompanied his mistress, Sally Miller, on her quest to walk every block in Pasadena. In memory of Otto, here’s what we wrote in the book: Sally Miller is a professional […]

Pasadena Kids Go Glee

Pasadena Kids Go Glee

If you thought that cello player behind Gwyneth Paltrow in the April 19th episode of Glee looked familiar, maybe she really was your neighbor. Twenty-four of the most talented musicians from Pasadena Youth Symphony (ages 12 to 14) were hired to back up Paltrow’s performance of Adele’s hit song “Turning Tables.” You can watch the performance […]

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